Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Disabled people treated like packages

As an infrequent Liberal Democrat conference attender, one is struck by changes in ones fellow-members as those who are regulars are not. It was a shock for me to see Sal Brinton confined to a wheelchair at York federal conference. Losing mobility in adult life must have brought home to her even more forcefully what amounts to discrimination against the disabled on our so-called public transport.

Baroness Brinton has expressed those feelings and her experiences in a piece for Liberal Democrat Voice. Her story is all too familiar. I fear nothing is going to change unless there are more sanctions on Network Rail and the train operating companies. The time has passed when one could count on the public spirit of TOC employees, on their own initiative, to put the rights of disabled people first, though there are rare exceptions.

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